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Spanish Firm Wins Tender to Supervise Atiak-Laropi Road Construction

A Ministry of Finance notice says Eptisa Engineering Services or Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL will now have 42-months for the supervision of the road construction. The job will cost 3.8m euros (15.5 billion Shillings)
A road in Uganda. Atiak-Laropi road is expected to ease flow of trade to South Sudan. Photo by UNRA
A Spanish company has been awarded a tender to supervise the 66km Atiak-Laropi road, a few months after the government halted the tendering process for construction works.  

A Ministry of Finance notice says Eptisa Engineering Services or Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL will now have 42-months for the supervision of the road construction.  The job will cost 3.8m euros (15.5 billion Shillings).

The government has not formally announced the company to construct the road after the tendering process was halted in May 2019 because bidders asked for money above the planned budget. The Ministry of Finance then said that the plans for construction will be put on halt because “all technically acceptable tenders exceed the financial resources available.” It said the tender could only go on if there is a negotiated tendering. 

This meant that the government would hand-pick a contractor and negotiate with them the appropriate price without competitive bidding. However, it is widely expected that the government will offer the tender for construction to a German company Strabag International GmbH. 

This came to light on November 12, 2019 after Jorg Wellmeyer, the company’s managing director paid a courtesy visit to the Uganda Ambassador to Germany Marcel R. Tibaleka in Berlin and informed him that they were to construct the 66km Atiak-Loropi road. 

The road under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) will be funded by the European Union. DINU is 151 million Euros six-year initiatives by the EU aimed at the development of Northern Uganda. 

The Atiak-Laropi road connects traffic to the Gulu-Nimule Road, the primary trade route between Uganda and South Sudan.  

The government started hunting for the firm to construct the road in December 2018, noting that the upgrading of the road is “part of the regional, the national and international route connecting the remote north-western region of Uganda and Southern Sudan to the Ugandan capital at Kampala, via the regional capital at Gulu.”

Eptisa reports on its website that it has most projects in Asia (45 per cent) followed by Spain (20 per cent), Rest of Europe (19 per cent) and just 11per cent in Africa.  

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